SUBSCRIBE | LOGIN | Forgot Password?
 Home | GPA Features | News/Articles | SUBSCRIBE | LOGIN | Links | Contact GPA: Comic Book Pricing & Analysis
 
   GPA RSS Feed - Comic Book News
 


5/15/2018
  World Record Comic Book & Art Auction Surpasses $12.2 Million at Heritage Auctions

Frazetta painting leads at $1.79 million to set all-time auction record for any piece of comic art

DIGITAL MEDIA KIT

DALLAS, Texas (May 15, 2018) – Chicago’s largest public auction dedicated to vintage comic books and original comic art fetched $12,201,974  – setting the world record for the most valuable sale of its kind. 

The top lot claimed its own record when artist Frank Frazetta’s Original Art titled Death Dealer 6, 1990 – first published as the cover for Verotik’s 1996 Death Dealer #2 comic book – more than doubled the all-time auction record for any piece of comic art when it sold for $1.79 million. 

“As the live session opened, the Frazetta painting had a bid of $600,000, but within moments it had come down to two collectors, bidding by phone, who waged a pitched battle for this very desirable painting,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Comics Operations at Heritage. 

The sale surpassed the previous record for the world’s most valuable comic book auction by more than $1.8 million, a record also set by Heritage Auctions in July 2012 at $10,389,821. The three-day, 1,684-lot auction held May 10-12 offered examples of the world’s rarest comic books, including a copy of Action Comics #1 (DC, 1938), CGC VG 4.0, which sold for $573,600. Featuring the first appearance of Superman, the copy was sold by a longtime American comic book collector who paid $50,000 for the copy 15 years ago.

In addition to the copy of Action Comics #1, key books in high-grade condition broke the six-figure barrier. An issue of Batman #1 (DC, 1940), CGC FN- 5.5, never before offered for sale, sold for $227,050. Justice League of America #1 (DC, 1960), CGC NM+ 9.6, ended at $215,100, and a copy of Whiz Comics #2 (#1) (Fawcett Publications, 1940), CGC FN 6.0, the first appearance of Captain Marvel, sold for $173,275. One of the most sough-after issues of all time, Superman #1 (DC, 1939), CGC GD 2.0, brought $167,300 and 25 bids pushed the auction price of Action Comics #7 (DC, 1938) CGC VG/FN 5.0, known for being the second Superman cover ever, to $161,325. 

The auction’s offering of original comic art included John Romita Sr. The Amazing Spider-Man #61 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1968), which sold for $167,300. Continuing collector’s streak for paying high-flying auction prices for art by Robert Crumb, hisoriginal art for a “Head Comix” 1-Page Story from Yarrowstalks #2 (Yarrowstalks, 1967) sold for $143,400. 

Artist Dave Cockrum’s bombastic Original Cover Art to X-Men #102 (Marvel, 1976) sold for $131,450 and a magnificent splash-page of Original Art by Jack Kirby and George Roussos from Fantastic Four #25 (Marvel, 1964) sold for $113,525.

Additional top highlights:  

·         The Original Art by Jack Kirby and Paul Reinman used for page 3 of X-Men #1 (Marvel, 1963), sold for $89,625

·         Bill Watterson’s Original Art for a Calvin and Hobbes Daily Comic Strip dated 1-21-86 (Universal Press Syndicate, 1986), sold for $67,725

·         A single page of art from the comic book featuring the first appearance of popular character Deadpool: Rob Liefeld’s New Mutants #98 Story Page 15 Original Art (offered just a week before the film “Deadpool 2” hits theaters), sold for $51,385

·         Bidders set another world record when the Original Art for a The Far Side Daily Comic Strip, by cartoonist Gary Larson, sold for $31,070, making it the most expensive Far Side strip ever sold at auction. 

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

The Internet’s most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has over one million registered bidder-members and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos. Reproduction rights routinely granted to media for photo credit.

For breaking stories, follow us: HA.com/Facebook and HA.com/Twitter. Link to this release or view prior press releases.

Hi-Res images available: 

Eric Bradley, Public Relations Director

C: 469-271-2849 or EricB@ha.com

 



 
     
     

 

Join today start trading smarter!

GPA Facebook Fan Page
Checkout ...
Hobby leaders talk GPA
"GPA has become a resource that is imperative for all collectors and dealers of CGC comics. With the release of GPA 2.0, the first significant redesign, GPA as become easier to use and further assures its place amongst the most important resources available online in the comic book hobby"
Mark Haspel
CGC Comics
 
"The data GPA provides on current sales and the state of the market is an invaluable resource for dealers and collectors alike. GPA has provided the collecting community with an incredible service that our company has referenced time and time again"
Vincent Zurzolo
Metropolis Collectibles
 
"GPA has proved to be an indispensable tool in comic book investing, as much as CGC. It’s the essential road map to successful trading in our burgeoning market"
Matt Nelson
CGC Comics
 
GPA Recent Stats - Last 30 days
Total Turnover:
$8,791,925
Top Price Paid:
$264,000
Total Books Traded:
27,051
 (GPA Market Reports)
Check out Heritage Auctions...
Bonhams Auctions...
Recent Chart Busters
Heritage Auctions
Incredible Hulk, The (1962-1999) #1 CGC 9.0
$264,000
Reece's Rare Comics
Fantastic Four (1961) #4 CGC 9.2
$19,000
Metropolis Collectibles
Fantastic Four (1961) #1 CGC 5.0
$18,000
My Comic Shop
Action Comics (1938) #252 CGC 8.0
$16,000
Heritage Auctions Comic Market
Amazing Spider-Man, The (1963) #1 CGC 6.0
$11,000
ComicConnect
Action Comics (1938) #23 CGC 1.8
$7,500
Heronext
Young Allies Comics (1941-1946) #1 CGC 7.0
$6,625
International Comic Exchange
Amazing Spider-Man, The (1963) #129 CGC 9.6
$5,150
Pedigree Comics
Brave And The Bold, The (1955-1983) #57 CGC 9.6
$4,000
The Hidden Hideout
Fantastic Four (1961) #52 CGC 8.5
$3,250
Cloud 9 Comics
Daredevil (1964-1998) #1 CGC 6.0
$2,500
Quality Comix
Superman (1939-1986) #32 CGC 8.0
$1,100
Visit our Sponsors
Cool Jerk!
 
 
 
© 2018 GPA for Comics Pty Ltd